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Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your community and gain new skills. By offering your time you will make a real difference to the lives of local older people.

All you need is enthusiasm and a bit of time and we will provide the rest!

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who is over the age of 16 with time to spare is welcome to apply to be a volunteer. Our volunteers are as diverse as the community we serve, ranging in age from 16 to 92. Some roles (such as befriending) require a regular weekly commitment, wheras others are on a more casual basis.

All volunteers occupy a position of trust and, since much of our work is with people who are vulnerable, we use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help us to ensure their safety and wellbeing. This means that, as well as providing references, you will be asked to show some forms of identification to verify the details you give. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from volunteering with us.

Volunteering opportunities

There are lots of different ways you can get involved as a volunteer. Depending on the project, we will ask for a short, medium or long term commitment. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and the pleasure of knowing you are helping others who need it.

All of our current volunteering opportunities are listed below. If you would like to get involved, simply get in touch using the details listed.

Service Description When do you need me? Who should I contact?
Befriending Befrienders make weekly visits to housebound and isolated older people in their homes to provide regular companionship.

Mainly weekday mornings and afternoons. In some cases early evenings and weekends are possible.

Minimum requirement: Weekly for 6 months

Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105

Befriending people with memory loss Volunteers make regular weekly visits to support people with memory loss to pursue their interests, maintain independence and retain social contacts. Weekday mornings and afternoons.
phiggins@aukc.org.uk
or call 020 3181 0002
Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105

Group Befriending: 
Activities & Events

This project combats loneliness and isolation by supporting older people to take part in group activities and make friends. Volunteers assist with a variety of activities which take place weekly, fortnightly and monthly. Weekday mornings and afternoons, and occasional weekends.  Ximena Chiesa xchiesa@aukc.org.uk 020 8969 9105
Memory Caf├ęs Monthly gatherings for people with memory loss and their supporters  and carers. These groups increase independence, reduce social isolation and provide stimulating opportunities for people with dementia to socialise through a range of quality activities. First Tuesday and last Friday of the month Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Escorting

Assisting people who struggle to get out and about to get to appointments or run errands. This can be on foot, public transport or by taxi.

This can be as and when you are available, and does not require a weekly commitment. 

Weekdays, but occasionally during early evenings and weekends. 

Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105

Walking Support Weekly visits to accompany an older person to walk in their local neighbourhood. This service aims to improve confidence to walk outside following a setback such as a fall or a stay in hospital. Weekday mornings and afternoons

Teresa Pope
tpope@aukc.org.uk
020 3181 0002

Exercise for the Mind Weekly classes for people with dementia to nurture and maintain cognitive skills, body co-ordination, creative and physical expression and social interaction. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Chair Based Exercise Weekly visits to support an older person at home to complete a series of chair based exercises. You will help them to improve their mobility, strength and independence. Weekday mornings and afternoons

Teresa Pope
tpope@aukc.org.uk
020 3181 0002

Group
Shopping Trips
Weekly shopping trips for people who cannot use public transport due to disability or frailty, so that they can continue to do their own shopping. Trips are run every Wednesday and Thursday to supermarkets in and around west London. Volunteers assist people with getting on and off the minibus and support them in the supermarket.

Wednesdays 10:30am to around 3:30pm

Thursdays 11:30am to around 4:30pm.

Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Minibus Drivers

We need volunteer minibus drivers for regular events such as shopping trips and outings within the Greater London area.

Drivers need to have held a clear British driving licence for at least 2 years. Special minibus (MIDAS) training will be provided.

Weekday mornings and afternoons Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Decluttering

Regular support for people with hoarding tendencies who may be struggling to cope due to the volume of clutter in their home. Volunteers sensitively and sympathetically help the service user to declutter.

Weekdays, but occasionally during early evenings and weekends during daytime. Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Safe At Home Service This project provides support to people who, due to health reasons or their living conditions, are at risk of falling within their homes. Volunteers support the project coordinator to carry out small DIY tasks and clear clutter to minimise the risk of falling. 

This can be as and when you are available, and does not require a weekly commitment. 
Weekdays, but occasionally during early evenings and weekends during daytime. Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Practical Help Getting older may mean that previously simple tasks like hanging a picture, taking your curtains down or changing a light bulb can become more difficult. Volunteers provide support with a range of small DIY tasks.

This can be as and when you are available, and does not require a weekly commitment. 
Weekdays, but occasionally during early evenings and weekends during daytime. Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Gardening Our Garden Guardians volunteers enable people to continue to enjoy their gardens when they are no longer able to maintain them without assistance. They help with a range of tasks such as grass cutting, weeding, pruning and planting.

This can be as and when you are available, and does not require a weekly commitment. 
Weekdays, but occasionally during early evenings and weekends during daytime. Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105
Information & Advice Volunteers provide basic information and advice on housing and welfare benefits, and can assist with form filling. Local knowledge and experience providing information and advice is very beneficial. Regular commitment required. Weekdays Valerie Williams (Mondays & Wednesdays)
volunteer@aukc.org.uk
020 8969 9105

What else you can do to support us

  • Take part in a fundraiser

    Could you help us to raise vital funds by taking part in a fundraising event? We have regular events such as sponsored walks, but you could also do your own fundraiser like a cake sale.

  • Get your colleagues involved

    Could you talk to your colleagues or your employer about how you can support us? We have lots of ideas for how organisations can get involved, including sponsoring an event, making us Charity of the Year, or donating equipment.